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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney may have taken his share of criticism for flip-flopping on healthcare, but now pro-family activist and author Amy Contrada is challenging Romney on social issues in a book titled, Mitt Romney's Deception – His Stealth Promotion of "Gay Rights" and "Gay Marriage" in Massachusetts. With over 600 pages of in-depth analysis, Contrada cites numerous examples of Romney's support, or lack thereof, on social and pro-family issues.
The book describes what Contrada says is “the shocking, but under-reported record” of Romney’s support of gay rights and gay marriage during his term as Massachusetts governor. The author claims that contrary to Romney’s campaign comments of defending marriage and traditional values, he actually undermined them by working closely with homosexual activists and advisers while in office.
For example, Kevin Jennings started out as a teacher at the Concord Academy before rising to the position of Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education in the Obama administration. Jennings was the founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network prior to joining the administration. Contrada makes clear that Romney and his administration supported these and similar programs that left pubic school children exposed to the belief that homosexual behavior is mainstream and within moral guidelines.
“Romney is not someone to be trusted on the issue of same-sex marriage or pro-family issues,” Contrada told The Christian Post. “I believe the major reason for his flip-flopping is he’s not a constitutionalist nor is he a man of deeply rooted values.”
Interestingly, Contrada says she voted for Romney in 2002 and held signs for him in 1994.
“There is a lot about Gov. Romney that I didn’t know about then. We now know he supported civil unions and did not fully embrace the pro-life stance,” mentioned Contrada. “These are just a few of the issues that are the cornerstone of pro-family voters.”
The issue could once again raise the critical issue of what exactly Mitt Romney believes and when did he start believing it.
Michele Bachmann’s decisive victory in Iowa, combined with Texas Governor Rick Perry joining the GOP race for president will probably bring added pressure on Romney to discuss social issues that appear at times to take him outside of his comfort zone of economic and fiscal topics.
The book begins when as a gubernatorial candidate, Romney refused to support the original 2001 Massachusetts constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Contrada also raises the issue of how the homosexual movement took over the Massachusetts Department of Education, before branching out into other areas such as social services.
“Mitt Romney was in a unique position to halt dangerous, socially destabilizing trends while governor of Massachusetts. But he would not engage that battle, instead colluding with homosexual activists to promote their agenda,” Contrada wrote in the book.
Contrada is specific on one when she offers criticism on Romney’s stances. “I don’t really know what is in his heart. But I do know he’s treating marriage as a political issue and he certainly wants the homosexual vote.”
“I examined every statement I could find that he [Romney] made about homosexuality and nowhere could I find where he condemned same-sex marriage. He will never call it immoral. Every Mormon I know personally … the rank and file Mormons … I know … are very clearly opposed to homosexuality and see it as a moral issue. The church on the other hand seems to be a bit wishy-washy on the issue. I think Romney is the same way and wants to please everybody by playing every issue down the middle.”
In chapter 2 of her book, Contrada outlines all the issues Romney supported while in office and in the third chapter, she highlights comments that Romney, his campaign or his staff have made over the years in regards to pro-family issues:
“While Romney was Governor, his Executive Office of Health and Human Services staff – which was reported to closely monitor any 'educational materials perceived as having political consequences' – supported the DPH’s [Department of Public Health] statewide distribution of new shocking and radical posters supporting (and arguably promoting) transgenderism and homosexuality, and warning against ‘transphobia’ and ‘homophobia,’" Contrada wrote in her book.
“These posters, approved in 2004 and before, were posted in medical offices (including in public schools), on buses and subways, and ran in newspapers statewide. GLBT activists complained to the Boston Globe that it took a long time, but Romney and his staff did approve these radical statements, so any delay was meaningless in the end.”
Contrada says she never set out to undertake such a project; nevertheless, her 40 years as a Massachusetts resident and her 20 years as a pro-family activist, gave her the insight and background to assemble the information necessary in order to publish the book.
The book is self-published and is available on Amazon.com.